Once upon a time there was a little girl aged 12 who used to sit glued to the black and white TV watching Star Trek. This was in the late 60's and through the 70's. That little girl used to think that this science fiction show was so futuristic that she would never see anything like it in her lifetime. Well she may not have experienced being transported through space, or flying in a supersonic spaceship, but she's seen some amazing futuristic things happen i.e. being able to talk to other people on a tiny phone face to face! Think about it, I've seen so many things change in my time, and tonight I witnessed another phenomenal change. I'm talking about Star Trek Beyond!
At the preview tonight, I put on my 3D glasses and they took me into a whole new world where we were transported to a couple hundred or so years into the future. My companion for the night was my friend's 12-year-old daughter, Camila, and here she was seeing Star Trek in 2016 which was far different than the Star Trek I saw with my 12-year-old eyes.
The 3D glasses and sound system certainly gave the feeling of being part of the film with astonishing imagery. Being a bit of an astronomy nerd I loved the scenes when we were flying through Nebulas and when we were on another planet.
I won't give away the whole plot but I'll mention a few things that really struck me. Firstly, there was no more Earth, we were now living in a monster dome somewhere in space (Yorktown), bigger than tens of cities put together. Everything was clean and organised. What struck me the most was the 'space city' had different races, creatures, aliens; you name it all living in complete harmony with each other! A bit like we have here on Earth! Not!
Without spoiling the movie for you, in a nutshell, our heroes of the Enterprise depart on a mission to rescue a crew stranded on another planet. On their mission they get attacked and all sorts of nasty things happen. There is quite a lot of fighting in the script and some great action scenes, but no gore! I like that; no blood and guts. I'd love to tell you I was sitting with my knuckles turning white holding on to the edge of my seat with fright, but I sort of found the movie slightly comical and to far fetched to get scared.
Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is awfully cute, a bit young to be in charge of this mighty space ship if you ask me! He plays his character really well. Of course I'm used to the late Leonard Nimoy playing Mr Spock, however Zachary Quinto brings something rather endearing into the new Spock.
Star Trek Beyond is full of action, has outstanding special effects and a great way to lose yourself out of the daily grind of Planet Earth for a couple of hours. Make sure you listen out for the 'classical' music!
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Idris Elba, Karl Urban and Sofia Boutella (RIP Anton Yelchin 1989 - 2016)
STAR TREK BEYOND in cinemas 22JULY, 2016